If you are eating to make muscle, the rule of thumb is each meal should have about 20-40 grams of protein.
But that can be hard to do at lunchtime, especially when you want something super easy to slap together & plant-based.
Solution: One of my favorite lunches lately is a NOODLE BOWL! It’s 100% plant-based and PROTEIN-PACKED. PS: You can also enjoy this for dinner, no need to save it only for lunch!
LUNCH NOODLE BOWL
✅ only 6 ingredients
✅ 33g protein
1. PREP: NOODLES
Make a box of chickpea pasta, toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Keep the cooked pasta covered in a meal prep container in the fridge so it’s ready for fast lunches during the week.
2. ADD: EDAMAME, SLAW, ALMONDS
When you’re ready for lunch, toss 3/4 cup of cooked noodles (cold or warmed in microwave) with:
✨1 cup slaw (shredded green cabbage, purple cabbage, carrots)
✨3/4 cup frozen edamame, thawed
✨1/4 cup almonds, whole or chopped
3. TOP: COCONUT AMINOS & ALMOND BUTTER
Stir together 1 tablespoon coconut aminos + 1/2 tablespoon almond butter (add warm water if you like a thinner sauce.) Drizzle on noodle bowl & toss. You can add extras like ginger, lime, green onions, or cilantro, but it tastes great just as-is!
Lunch is served!
Nutritionals: 550 calories, 27g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 50g carbs, 18g fiber, 0g added sugar, 33g protein, 0% vitamin D, 20% calcium, 40% iron, 10% potassium